A wrongful death suit filed by a family member who had not yet qualified as a personal representative of the decedent is a nullity and cannot be nonsuited, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled. Because the wrongful death statute requires ...Read More »
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Richmond officials will pull the plug on two pending appeals at the Virginia Supreme Court that would test the limits of Richmond’s “strong mayor” system. With taxpayers having already spent more than $1.1 million in legal fees, Richmond Mayor Dwight ...
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A meeting between three members of the House Courts of Justice Committee and three members of the Supreme Court of Virginia appears to have defused – but hardly eliminated – animosity over the judicial performance evaluation program. At the meeting ...Read More »
York County Circuit Judge N. Prentis Smiley lacked any authority to commute the death sentence of capital murder defendant Daryl Renard Atkins to life in prison, an attorney told the Supreme Court of Virginia today.Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. ...Read More »
The proposal to transfer control of the judicial performance evaluation program from the Supreme Court of Virginia died last night in the Senate Courts of Justice Committee on a 9-6 vote. The House had approved the measure on a 49-48 ...Read More »
The House and Senate Courts of Justice Committees voted yesterday to send an ultimatum to Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr.: withdraw the order limiting dissemination of judicial performance evaluation reports or appear before the committees to explain why legislators ...Read More »